In the small town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the most beloved and appreciated residents, so it came as no surprise when he befriended the town’s richest and meanest widow, Marjorie Nugent. Soon, Marjorie became fully dependent on Bernie and his generosity as he struggled to meet her increasing demands. When the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie, the people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that she had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder.
Director(s): Richard Linklater
Producer(s): Richard Linklater, Ginger Sledge
Screenwriter(s): Richard Linklater, Skip Hollandsworth
Cinematographer: Dick Pope
Editor(s): Sandra Adair
Principal Cast: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Brady Coleman, Richard Robichaux, Rick Dial, Brandon Smith, Larry Jack Dotson, Merrilee McCommas, Matthew Greer
Richard Linklater’s credits include “Slacker,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Before Sunrise,” “School of Rock,” “A Scanner Darkly,” “Fast Food Nation,” “Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach” and “Me and Orson Welles.” Linklater also serves as Artistic Director for the Austin Film Society, which he founded in 1985.
Distributor: Millennium Entertainment
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